Four Seasons Los Cabo Resort at Costa Palmas

Cabo San Lucas and white sand swimming beaches? Follow me soon to the glamorous new Four Seasons Los Cabo Resort at Costa Palmas, which has pristine white sandy beaches stretching for miles and safe swimming in the turquoise Sea of Cortez.

Cabo San Lucas is a quick flight down the coast to sunny Baja, many of our clients love to visit, I survived Hurricane Newton here with the help of my dear friend and Esperanza GM Marc Rodriguez – his care package of snacks and Tequila carried us through the wicked storm!

Very few of the many five-star resorts have a truly swimmable, safe beach, thus the promise of a pristine beach and safe swimming is extremely appealing. So many exceptional properties already dot this paradise, something for everyone. Golf, luxurious spa, private Villas, game fishing, and of course tequila tasting! The Four Seasons is situated on miles of tranquil shoreline with unobstructed views of the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range, aren’t you feeling the urge to escape?

Follow me to Baja to stay and explore the newest Four Seasons Beach Resort at Costa Palmas.
The numbers: Resort features 141 guest rooms including 23 suites; five dining options including world-renowned Estiatorio Milos on the beach; multiple retail experiences; a sports complex and fitness centre; four expansive pools; Oasis Spa and Wellness Centre.

I’m looking forward to a week of dining on the daily catch. A long list of essential spa treatments includes this very appealing massage: Dead Sea Mud Therapy. This detoxifying treatment extracts impurities from the skin, while moisturizing the body and relieving muscle tension. The warm mud treatment starts with a gentle exfoliating scrub, as well as a face and scalp massage. After a shower, the treatment concludes with a signature Oasis Massage. Sign me up!

Ocean-View Room, which is 680 square feet
” Prime Ocean-View Room, which is 680 square feet and has premium views
” Ocean-View Room with Plunge Pool, which is 680 square feet with plunge pool
” Oceanfront Room, which is 680 square feet, premium views of the ocean
” Sunrise Room, which is 635 square feet and has the best sunrise views over the Sea of Cortez
Then here are the suites, starting with the entry level suite, all the way to the presidential villa:
” Ocean-View Executive Suite, which is 850 square feet
” Oceanfront Executive Suite, which is 850 square feet and has premium views
” Oceanfront One Bedroom Suite, which is 1,020 square feet and has premium views
” Sunrise One-Bedroom Suite, which is 1,615 square feet and has premium views
” Three-Bedroom Beachfront Presidential Villa, which is 3,475 square feet Oh, I know a few clients who will be clamoring for this option!
Four Seasons is calling this their first “marina resort,” noting that it’s located on two miles of beachfront on the Sea of Cortez.

Nearby Sea of Cortez., home of gentle whale sharks and winter whale watching. The Sea of Cortez has long been declared (by none other than Jacques Cousteau) as one of the most biodiverse places on the Planet.

Look for photos soon and an adventure journal of swimming with whale sharks! Leisurely beach strolls, swimming and snorkeling – and the legendary impeccable Four Seasons service.

Adios!

Four Seasons Resort Lanai

Like an attractive gem box, a visit to Four Seasons Resort Lanai proves that good things come in little packages. Lanai, the oft overlooked 140 square mile island, is a quick ferry ride or even quicker helicopter or plane journey from its sister islands.Used with permission from Four Seasons Lanai

Last week, I enjoyed a 45-minute ferry ride across the sparking seas to the snug harbor of Lanai. On arrival at the ferry terminal, I was met by a Four Seasons ambassador; every staff member is capable of managing arrivals, check-in, and will provide personal concierge service during your stay.

Larry Ellison’s newest endeavor in the hotel industry reflects his passion for art and attention to detail in every facet of this stunning preserve. Combined with the renowned perfection of Four Seasons exemplary service and style, the hotel is certain to become a destination resort. Unlike Four Seasons on other Hawaiian Islands, this is a bit isolated; you won’t encounter neighboring hotel guests on the beach, at the bars or on the golf links. This is old Hawaii at it’s zenith. Leisure, fine dining, golf at your own pace with a break for lunch at Views or utilize your GPS operated cart menu and order lunch on the green!  Where else can you enjoy this hospitality?Used with permission from Four Seasons Lanai

The rooms, 217 in total, including 51 suites, are gorgeous, decorated in restful subdued shades of beachy tan and rich dark wood. I would find it challenging to leave my comfy cocoon, perhaps mosey out to the wide deck with stunning sea vistas, but this calming refuge tempts one to do no more than read, lounge and recharge.

The art throughout the resort appears to be carefully cultivated by an owner with a discerning eye for ancient cultures and a collection which grounds the resort with a strong sense of place. Stroll the open halls in each wing and happen on mini-garden sitting rooms. Clusters of sofas circle a lively koi pond overseen by a massive frog sculpture. In another overgrown lush jungle area, an aviary of exotic birds reminds you of the island wildlife. The interior structure has been opened up to provide vistas from every angle, the silky crescent beach is visible from each restaurant. The multi-million dollar renovation on the former pineapple plantation is thoughtful, restful and includes some high tech touches.

If you must rustle yourself out for activities: choose from an extensive list, a list that is expanding each week. The stunning Jack Nicholas designed Manele Golf course is reserved for guests and Hawaii residents only; snorkel or dive with complimentary gear in the protected marine reserve Hulopo’e Bay – where a pod of spinner dolphins call home. An adult’s only pool resembles a natural grotto – the lagoon pool for the kiddies includes a waterfall. Helicopter tours, Polaris ATV rides explore the rough and red dirt up-country. Horseback riding provides a slower pace over a four-mile loop through dry chaparral; the diversity of the island terrain is quite surprising. Tennis and private lessons with a pro is available on property. The island also offers deer hunting; wildlife includes large island sheep and wild turkeys. Something for everyone’s taste or energy level. Deep wooden Japanese soaking tubs are the consummate conclusion to a full day of activity.

Dining – Nobu may draw guests to Lanai on its own! The interior, reached by a massively tall, yet delicate carved door, offers several options for dining. Enjoy refined dining table-side with sweeping panoramic views or shimmy up to the sushi bar, while the talented chef’s prepare classic sushi on a slab. Reserve 24 hours in advance for a dedicated Teppanyaki chef at private teppan tables. Interact with your highly skilled chef while he slices, sizzles and serves personalized plates. Or Nobu Bar serves a light bar menu highlighting innovative Japanese cuisine.

Japanese dining not your style? Restaurant One Forty offers locally sourced ingredients with an extensive steak and seafood menu. Prime and wagyu beef from Snake River Farms and local Hawaiian catch are prepared to perfection. One Forty is a clever nod to the square mileage of the island

Choose from Malibu Farm perched above the bay or dine at Views on the edge of the golf course for more casual lunches. Mark the end of the day with an exciting sunset Champagne sabering ceremony at Malibu Farm.

An on property rental car fleet allows guests to explore Lanai without resourcing an outside vendor. Yacht charters for sunset cruises are also available on property, the hotel manages all aspects of a visit, guaranteeing the celebrated Four Seasons guest-centric service.

Technology is visible in many aspects, from the 75-inch platinum-bezel LED televisions in each room and the iPads that allow you to order meals, read numerous newspapers and be alerted to the spinner dolphins arrival in the picturesque bay! I loved the easy to use in room switch that magically adjusts the mood lighting to day, sunset or relax.

The Lodge at Koele is under refurbishment and will reopen by the end of the year.

Highly recommend an escape to Four Seasons Resort Lanai, a unique Journey.